Meghan Markle and Harry’s baby won’t be prince or princess – but will have title

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have kept many details of their pregnancy tightly under wraps.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are expecting their first child in Spring 2019 and while many have been speculating about the royal baby, there is one thing we know for sure.

He or she will not be a prince nor a princess unless the Queen steps in.

That’s because King George V – Harry’s great great grandfather – limited titles within the royal family in 1917.

This means Harry and Meghan’s first born, as a great-grandchild of the Queen, is too far down the line of succession to be an HRH.

The baby will be seventh in the line, pushing Princess Eugenie to 10th place.

George V declared that: "The grandchildren of the sons of any such Sovereign in the direct male line (save only the eldest living son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales) shall have and enjoy in all occasions the style and title enjoyed by the children of Dukes of these Our Realms."

The eldest son and heir apparent of a duke can use one of his father’s lesser grade peerage titles by courtesy, according to Debrett’s.

So a first son of Harry’s would become Earl of Dumbarton – one of the subsidiary titles Harry received from the Queen on the morning of his wedding.

A daughter would be Lady (first name) Mountbatten-Windsor, and any subsequent sons Lord (first name) Mounbatten-Windsor.

Sometimes the Queen does make changes to allow children to be HRHs and princes and princesses.

Ahead of Prince George’s birth, the monarch issued a Letters Patent to ensure the Cambridge children had fitting titles.

Without this Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis would have been a Lady and a Lord instead, but Prince George, as the eldest son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales, would still have been a prince.

The Queen could decide to do the same for Harry and Meghan’s baby, but has not yet done so.

The duke may choose to heed the words of his cousin Zara Tindall when discussing such matters with the Queen, and deciding which titles his child should use.

Zara, who was born Miss Zara Phillips, has spoken of how not having a title was a blessing.

"I’ve been very lucky. My parents didn’t give us titles, so we’ve been able to have a slightly more normal upbringing. As soon as you’ve got a title, it’s very difficult to shed it," she said.

Harry too has told of the pressures of being a prince and has always stressed the importance of being seen as ‘normal’.
He confessed in 2017 that he once "wanted out" of the Royal Family.

Harry said the time he spent in the Army – when he was "just Harry" – was "the best escape I’ve ever had" and he once considered giving up his title.

Aside from discussion of titles, much has been talked about lately in regards to reports that the couple plans to raise the baby as ‘gender fluid’.

However, Kensington Palace has said that those reports, which emerged in Vanity Fair magazine, are "totally false".

The baby shower itself was also the topic of much scrutiny, with some analysing every little detail for clues as to what the sex of the unborn child may be.

Some thought the food at the shower may signify the couple are expecting a girl, as there was a lot of light, pastel and pink shades.

However some royal fans on social media are convinced they will have a boy – as one guest arrived at the shower carrying a blue gift bag.

The pair are unlikely to officially confirm the gender until after the baby is born.

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